A 29 year-old man, Kelechi Ebere, was yesterday arraigned before an Umuahia Magistrate Court for allegedly raping an eight year primary three pupil.
The suspect, who is in-charge of public toilets owned by the Foodstuff Retailers and Traders Union, Umuahia, (FRATU), pleaded not guilty to the offence when the charge was read to him.
The magistrate, Mrs. Eunice Ezebuiro, said the court decided to hold the session in its chambers to protect the identity of the rape victim. However, the matter was later adjourned to mid-September 2012, after a plea was taken from the accused. The magistrate also ordered that the accused person be remanded in police custody. Daily Trust gathered that the suspect committed the offence on August 28, 2012, when the victim entered his room to watch a movie.
Speaking to Daily Trust, the victim’s mother, Mrs. Emeribe, who is a widow, said she had warned her children against entering the rooms of their neighbours. “I want the man to explain why he violated my little daughter. I don’t even know if he did it for ritual purposes, because one wonders the attraction in an 8 year-old girl,” she said.